Dr Sara Keith

Roles and Responsibilities

I have always had a fascination with the formation of three-dimensional textiles.  Initially, this revealed itself in the creation of shibori textiles, producing sculptural forms and abstract patterns with natural dyes. With a desire to make these forms more resilient, I began to explore the relationship between textiles and metals. This led to a doctorate, researching the union of these materials and later the examination of perceived value within applied art and design.

Sustainable design is key to the way we develop textiles as a discipline. Consumer behavior and responsible production are key parts of how we address the needs of the global textile industry.

The use of materials in a sustainable manner should engage all students of art and design with an emphasis on the wider implications of consumer behavior. Just as the thrill of new discovery engages my research, I wish to pass that enthusiasm onto those I teach.

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